Instructors

Band Directors

The band directors are the cornerstone of our success as a performance and competition band!

Drumming Director: Kathy MacPherson
Kathy has been our Director of Drumming since 2004. Originally from Nova Scotia, Kathy made her way west and played with the world renowned Simon Fraser University pipe band from 1995 – 1998, then went on to play with the grade 2 Robert Malcolm Memorial pipe band from 1999-2002. She was lead drummer for her last 2 seasons with RMM II and finished second at the worlds in 2002. She was also a member of the Alberta Caledonia pipe band from 2003-2007.

Piping Director: Cam Keating
Cam began playing the bagpipes in Selkirk, Man. in the fall of 1966, and has been enthusiastically involved with the instrument ever since. His own tuition under Pipe Major Neil Sutherland and Pipe Major Ian A. Conn was detailed, patient and positive; a teaching approach he strives to emulate. Cam has taught many successful young players over the years, serving several tenures with the Ogden Legion Pipe Band, the Edmonton Youth Pipe Band, private solo tuition, as well as numerous workshops and focus sessions with many other Pipe Bands.

Cam played with the Grade 1 Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band throughout the group’s zenith years, and was integrally involved in the musical arrangements, concerts and recordings of the period, as well as competition appearances at the World Pipe Band Championship Finals. Cam is an accredited ASPD adjudicator as well as a member of the current Music Committee. He’s also played various forms of pipes and whistles with several folk groups, modified and repaired instruments, and taken a hand to reed-making. Cam remains passionate and committed to passing on the skills to play and love of the instrument.

Drumming Instructors

Bob Walters
Bob has over 40 years of drumming experience and instruction to the OLPB. He was the drum Sergeant. He is the former lead drummer of the Grade 3 Calgary Police Pipe Band, where he also instructed. He has won numerous solo and pipe band competitions and completed many drumming instructor courses as well.

Holly Shaw
Holly Shaw began tenor drumming in 2003 with the Ogden Legion Pipe Band. Since then, Holly has competed in the ranks of grade one bands from Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. She has been the lead tenor for the grade two Rocky Mountain Pipe Band and the grade one Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band. She is a multiple winner of the Alberta aggregate for professional solo tenor, and has received placings at professional solo contests across Canada and the United States. She has been instructing with the Ogden Legion Pipe Band since 2007, and has tutored at world class workshops in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She is currently instructing multiple bands and soloist of all ages and skill levels throughout Alberta.

Piping Instructors

Declan Todd

Emma MacPherson

Kyle MacPherson
As a former member of the Ogden Legion Pipe Band I was brought up with bagpiping worked into my weekly routine. I was able to learn from some of the most sought-after instructors in Alberta which led to many weekends spent playing solo and band events at Highland Games. I was given the chance to instruct the younger chanter and bagpipe students when I was still playing with the band. I look forward to contributing to the band once again in the following year.

Lachlan Sinclair

Michelle Chisholm

Robin Robertson

 

If you would like more information on lessons / instruction, please contact us.

8 Responses to Instructors

  1. David Simmonds December 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    I would be interested in bagpipe lessons. What do I do next?

    • OLPB Webmaster January 12, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      One of our executive members will be in touch with you. Anyone interested in joining or finding out more information is also welcome to drop by and check out one of the practice sessions.

      • Duston cameron February 25, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

        I am interested in piping lessons

        • OLPB Webmaster April 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

          Please visit the contacts page to get in touch with our registrar.

  2. Jo Ruelle March 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm #

    How do I get in contact with a drumming instructor?

    • OLPB Webmaster April 10, 2016 at 6:14 pm #

      Please visit the contacts page to get in touch with our registrar.

  3. Stephanie Rennie January 27, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    What age do can you start to learn to play the drums or bagpipes. Thank you.

    • OLPB Webmaster February 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      It depends on the child, but between 8 and 10 is a great age to start.

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